Photo Friday: Polar bears and penguins

Bicheno, Tasmania; February 2007


In Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania, you might run into fairy penguins – also known as little penguins. When I was there on a family holiday in 2007, we watched them huddling on a little rocky island about 15 metres off shore.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard; August 2006


Up in the Arctic, the traffic warning sign is for polar bears. ‘Gjelder hele Svalbard’ means ‘Valid for all Svalbard’. We did see polar bears too, though thankfully not near the main town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen.

Despite the Coca Cola advert, polar bears and penguins do not live side by side. The polar bears would eat the penguins in a heart beat.

Both animals are cool creatures but I know which one I’d rather meet face to face.

This post is part of Photo Friday, a weekly photo blogging feature hosted by Debbie at Delicious Baby. Click here to see all the other submissions this week.

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  1. I love to take funny pictures of animal signs! We don’t see them often where I live!

  2. These are great! I can’t remember the last time I saw a funny animal sign.

  3. my brother and his wife just came from that way, and they said that trolls were also the big thing, along with animals!
    great photo!
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  4. Enjoyed your photos!

  5. So cute! I’ve yet to see penguins or polar bears, although I’d love to do so. We spent hours watching puffins out in Newfoundland, and prairie dogs out in the Dakotas…wildlife watching is always fascinating to me, although I don’t seem to have the patience to get any really good photos. Guess I need some of those signs for photo-taking ops! :)

  6. Love the penguin sign!

  7. Lenore says:

    Hi… just thought I would let you know that you have made a mistake as ‘Avoca Tasmania’ is not on the coast and we certainly do not have penguins or penguin signs LOL … plenty of cows, sheep, chooks, ducks, geese and wild life but certainly no penguins… sorry! :o)

    Oh dear. If I had checked my own travel diary, I would have realised that this was Bicheno. We drove through Avoca on the way to the coast and the name stuck in my head. Avoca is also a seaside town on the Central Coast north of Sydney, but I don’t think they have any penguins there either! Thanks for letting me know – I’ll amend it in the post. – Caitlin.


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